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Orion was a name given to the planet that was the homeworld of the Orion race. One of its major cities was Kinarvon. (TNG - Cold Equations novel: Silent Weapons)

It is unclear which world "Orion" actually is. Television and TAS novelization sources refer to 'Orion' either as a system or in the context of a planet, or in more vague terms, and imply that this Orion is the home of the Orion race. However, many other sources have developed the planets Rigel VII and Rigel VIII as the Orion homeworld, each also named "Orion". Star Charts, however, names the Pi-3 Orionis system "Orion", perhaps suggesting that the Orion homeworld is there. This article collects references to "Orion" as a planet that cannot be fully placed elsewhere. Please see Rigel VII and Rigel VIII for more information, and please also see Orion system for references to Orion as a star system.

Through the Guardian of Forever on the Time Planet, a research team consisting of Captain James T. Kirk, Commander Spock, and Lieutenant Ted Erickson of Starfleet, and historians Grey and Loom Aleek-Om, visited the dawn of Orion civilization in 2269 (TAS episode: "Yesteryear").

Though not stated explicitly, the lines "Orion, at the dawn of its civilization" and “in Orion’s past" suggest a reference to a planet's past, rather than that of a people or a system, hence the inclusion here.

They visited the ancient and barbaric early Empire of Orion (also called the Orionic Empire), though no-one knew what the clothing of the era was and Starfleet uniform and 23rd century Federation casual dress was expected to be conspicuous. Gold was the only currency. Kirk expected the trip to be fun and adventurous, and found it to be a whirlwind of colors, sights and sounds, as they explored the period for 2.5 days in local time. Their last visit was to a low-quality inn in a bazaar, near an auction of Orion slave girls. (TAS novelization: Yesteryear)

In 2372, Quark, a Ferengi entrepreneur, attempted to smuggle kemocite to Orion on a side-trip between Deep Space 9 and Earth, though the enterprise failed due to sabotage. (DS9 episode: "Little Green Men")

Orion might be the origin of the Orion wing-slug (TNG episode: "Ménage à Troi", Decipher RPG module: Creatures, TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Constitution, DS9 novel: Wrath of the Prophets), the Orion spine boar (ST novel: Excelsior: Forged in Fire), the Orion emerald finch (Decipher RPG module: Creatures), and the Orion fern tree (TOS novel: Traitor Winds).

It is unclear where these plants and animals come from, only that they are named 'Orion', implying an origin or a familiarity with this planet or with the Orion people.

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